Slate roofs have been used throughout the world for hundreds of years. Slate is available in many colors and sizes, and is quarried at many areas throughout the world. While much of the best slate in the world is quarried in the Northeast United States, and is commonly know as Vermont slate, many other good slates are imported from Canada, Wales, and Spain, among other countries. In the Dallas-Fort Worth area, the majority of the slate roofs are Vermont slate.
S-1 slate, as classified by the ASTM, is the best slate available, lasting 110 years or more. Using slate of a lesser quality may save money initially, but the slate can deteriorate and delaminate, and usually comes with no guarantee.
Slates available in our area:
Pennsylvania Black slate; a blue/black slate that usually lasts 50 to 60 years.
Samaca slate is an S-1 quality slate, quarried in Spain. This slate is only available in black and should last over 100 years.
Many salvaged, or historical slates are available. They blend beautifully for use on additions to existing slate roofs, historical restoration projects, and for repairs of existing slate roofs.
Tiles are available in a wide variety of profiles and colors, by many manufacturers. Tiles are available in both clay and concrete, with many clay tiles known to outlast concrete tile. The color blends and profiles available in clay tile roofing can beautify virtually any home.
Following is a small selection of the more popular tiles available in this area. If the tile you prefer is not shown below, we will be happy to provide you with the necessary information on current availability.
Manufacturers of tiles used in this area are, Ludowici, US Tile co., Redland, and Monierlifetile.
These manufacturers warranties on their tiles vary from 50 years to limited lifetime warranties.
2 piece mission tile - Spanish or ‘S’ tile
Interlocking tiles - Shingle or slab tiles
Concrete tiles, ‘S’ and double barrel profiles